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Woolworths combats product waste with national initiative

  • Posted on Thursday 6th, June 2019.

Supermarket company, Woolworths, has launched a food waste diversion program nationwide.

All Woolworths supermarkets is reported to have at least one active food waste diversion partner to rescue surplus fresh good and distribute it to hunger relief charities, donating stock feed to farmers or sending it for commercial organic composting.

With these programs in place, Woolworths has recorded an average year-on-year reduction of eight per cent in food waste sent to landfill over the past three years.

“Food is meant to be eaten, not thrown – which is why together with our customers, our farmers and our community partners, we’re working to keep good food out of landfill,” said Woolworths Head of Sustainability, Adrian Cullen.

“This is not a new journey for us – we’ve been working hard at this for the last decade and we are excited to hit a milestone ahead of World Environment Day that 100 per cent of our stores now with a food waste diversion program in place. 

“We heavily invested in our team members to ensure that they have the education, training, resources and equipment to better identify and divert surplus food that can no longer be sold away from landfill and toward the most beneficial stream – be it food rescue for hunger relief, farmer donations for animal feed or commercial composting,” he said.

In the last year, Woolworths has diverted from landfill over 55,000 tonnes of food and enabled over 10 million meals to be delivered to Australians in need across the country, according to Cullen.

Woolworths is working with OzHarvest, Foodbank and Fareshare to divert food to support hunger relief efforts.

The supermarket also provides local farmers with stock feed for animals or for on-farm composting, which Cullen said helps reduce and repurpose bakery and product waste.

In other news, last month, Woolworths Group completed a $1.7 billion off-market buy-back.

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